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Poster: Old_NJ_Head_Zimmer Date: Dec 8, 2012 3:44pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Ripple

Why do you think the boys didn't at least try this one electric after 71
It's obviously a great song and fan favorite

I think it wAs written as an acoustic tune and will always sound best that way but so were a lot of other tunes which they converted

Don't ever remember any quotes on this by band

Don't bring up the late stab at it for the Make a Wish - what was that 89

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Poster: barongsong Date: Dec 8, 2012 10:46pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Ripple

They did play it once in Landover MD in 88. I was there and it was an amazing gem beautifully played in an otherwise so so show and tour.

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Poster: unclejohn52 Date: Dec 8, 2012 4:30pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Ripple

It's one of their finest efforts and best songs. Period.

I think you nailed it - it will always sound best acoustic. Can't imagine it any other way. It has that great campfire or sittin' on the porch feel. Any attempt to make it more than a simple, eloquent song is doomed to failure.

Some songs can go either way... Bird Song is the best example, but others are FOTD and Dire Wolf... and they are fantastic either way. I prefer them best the way they I first heard them, aka Workingman's and AB.

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Poster: stratocaster Date: Dec 8, 2012 5:05pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Ripple

Perhaps Garcia got his Ripple fix playing it acoustically with Kahn throughout the 80s...